Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) God Loves Uganda, a documentary that explores the American Evangelical movement's impact - both religiously and through an exportation of their values - on Uganda's LGBT community, elected officials, and influential citizens, opens today in New York. The film will roll out to more screens across the U.S. in the coming weeks, find more information on the schedule here. Watch the trailer below.
2) Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong takes viewers behind the scenes of turning the band's, American Idiot album into a hit Broadway show in the new film Broadway Idiot, which opens in select theaters this weekend. The documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process Armstrong and Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer used to create an unlikely combination of punk rock and Broadway. Check out the trailer below.
3) HBO is developing a new comedy series, These Things Happen, based on the novel by TV writer/producer Richard Kramer. Set in Manhattan, These Things Happen features a gay and straight couple with a son in common. The son decides to move in with his father and his father's partner for a semester in an effort to get to know him better. Kramer will write the show's pilot, which will be produced by Oprah Winfrey's company, Harpo Productions.
4) Following the success of his recent film, The Butler, out director Lee Daniels hopes to develop an action film starring an interracial gay couple. Daniels describes the film as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but [with] the two good-looking guys as the action heroes." So far, Alex Pettyfer is attached to star as one half of the hero couple.
5) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis reign supreme for 2013 American Music Awards (AMAs), as the musical duo have beaten out Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake for the most AMA nominations, which were announced today. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are up for six awards, including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Single of the Year for "Thrift Shop." The AMAs will be broadcast November 24.
6) Michael Knowles is raising funding for his film, Old Friends/New Beginnings. Two couples, David and Julia, and Marc and Catherine, spend the weekend together in the Hamptons with the hopes of revitalizing their relationships. By the end of the weekend, all four people find themselves attracted to people they didn't expect. The project needs funding to cover post-production costs. Check out the trailer below and visit Old Friends/New Beginnings' Kickstarter page to donate and support.